Player of the Match
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258dThe Bulletin by Dileep Premachandran

Samaraweera, Perera take Sri Lanka to second successive win

Rarely does a centurion get overshadowed in a match of middling scores. But though Thilan Samaraweera finished with an accomplished unbeaten 105, the headlines were stolen by Thissara Perera, who celebrated his third cap with a power-packed 15-ball 36

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

TT Samaraweera
105(106) 11x4 - 0x6
Control %79%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot on back foot
  • 34 runs
  • 4x4 - 0x6
11 8 13 27 21 6 8 11
Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh
74(84) 6x4 - 2x6
Control %81%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 29 runs
  • 4x4 - 0x6
1 0 7 5 18 13 7 23

Best performances - Bowlers

UWMBCA Welegedara
O10
M1
R66
W5
Eco6.60
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Harbhajan Singh
O10
M1
R47
W3
Eco4.70
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Sri Lanka , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

14.30 start, First Session 14.30-18.00, Interval 18.00-18.45, Second Session 18.45-22.15

Match days

5 January 2010 - day/night match (50-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Points

Sri Lanka 4, India 0

END OF OVER:
48 | 14 Runs | SL: 283/5 | RR: 5.89

  • Thisara Perera36 (15b)
  • Thilan Samaraweera105 (106b)
  • Ashish Nehra8-0-55-0
  • Zaheer Khan9-0-57-0

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Thilan Samaraweera, Man of the Match "It was easy to bat because of the dew. I knew we needed a partnership, myself and Kumar did well. In the end, Perera did really well. The ball is coming onto the bat really well because of the dew."

Kumar Sangakkara "All credit to Sammy for batting through, and Perera played superbly too. When we started out in the morning, it was like 'here we go again', but Welegedara did well to bring us back in. Suraj Randiv bowled well, and I think our fielding was much better. The attitude of the players was brilliant, we were out there to win." Bad news meanwhile, Sanga informs us that Pushpakumara is going back because of the shoulder injury

MS Dhoni "It was always going to be difficult to defend 280. We knew we had to pick early wickets, after the first 10 overs there was nothing for the bowlers. We can request to have an early start, but if you have to play at the same time, you have to come up with something else. It's just slipping out, no yorkers, no reverse-swing, no spin."

For those who didn't watch this one live, we hope you enjoyed our text commentary. Samaraweera played a superb middle-order knock, 105 off 106, never looking hurried, and Perera ran away with it in the end when Sri Lanka were threatening to choke. India opened the bowling well, Nehra was special, and then the middle overs featured too many singles, and after the comeback fashioned by Harbhajan, their fast bowlers just couldn't stop Perera, bowling fulltosses, no-balls, leg-side half-volleys. Consequently, Sri Lanka lead the table. Stay with us for the presentation ceremony

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47.6
4
Nehra to Perera, FOUR runs, full ball, lofted over wide long-on and it's a job well finished by Perera and Samaraweera
47.5
0
Nehra to Perera, no run, misses a short delivery, but it's a matter of time now
47.4
2
Nehra to Perera, 2 runs, Zaheer takes a catch running back from mid-on, but neither Samaraweera nor Zaheer realise that there could be runs taken here. Samaraweera thinks Perera is out, Zaheer and Yuvraj celebrate. No one realises it's a free hit. Well done us
47.4
1nb
Nehra to Perera, 1 no ball, another no-ball, it's a dot, and will it be game over for off the next free hit?
47.3
2
Nehra to Perera, 2 runs, straight loft, Kohli makes a diving save at long-on, and his trousers come off as he dives, and Yuvraj can't control his laughter. Perera has already hit the pants off the ball, now it's the fielders losing them

Right, six to go. Can Perera finish it off in one hit?

47.2
1
Nehra to Samaraweera, 1 run, almost gets this through extra cover, Raina makes a diving save, and Samaraweera goes to his personal best in ODIs

Sri Lanka 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st48WU TharangaHDRL Thirimanne
2nd29KC SangakkaraWU Tharanga
3rd122TT SamaraweeraKC Sangakkara
4th18TT SamaraweeraSHT Kandamby
5th9TT SamaraweeraS Randiv
6th57TT SamaraweeraNLTC Perera